..Leah Aden with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which represented the Shelby County plaintiffs, told ThinkProgress she and other civil rights lawyers are currently scrambling to take over the monitoring the federal government once provided. She has Google alerts set up for areas with a history of discrimination, scours local newspapers and City Council minutes, and takes calls from voters around the country — reporting something as small as one polling place cutting its hours to something as big as a state requiring proof of citizenship at the polls.
“It’s impossible for us to recreate the notice we used to get under Section 5,” she said. “And it’s so much harder for residents to bring a challenge. Why would they spend three to five years and potentially millions of dollars just to fight their city moving a polling place?”
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